About the Author


Mike Fohner

Hello! My name is Mike Fohner and I am the founder and primary author of The Fitness Motivator.com. I started this web site for folks like me – busy people trying to squeeze fitness into their already full lives.

I’ve been a runner since I was 10 years old and have gone through competitive and casual running phases during the past few decades. The biggest challenge that I’ve had is finding the motivation to keep going. As life got busier, I used to tell myself that I just don’t have time to run and exercise anymore. But that was just a self-fabricated excuse to make me feel less guilty about my unhealthy habits. A few years ago, my routine dwindled to running just once or twice a week and my eating habits were awful. When my doctor ‘flagged’ my high cholesterol levels and listed my BMI as ‘overweight’, I knew I had to make some permanent lifestyle changes. I started being really honest with myself about my lifestyle. I made a plan to change.

Running has always been a passion in my life. I just needed to stop competing against my 17-year old times and go out running just to have fun. I also needed to be more conscious of what I ate, as the pounds had really added up over the years. I wanted to be healthier not only for my own well-being but for those around me. I realized that physical and mental well-being were closely related and I wanted to improve my life.

Having a healthier lifestyle (and I’m by no means a health-nut!) has been wonderful. I have more energy through the day and more enthusiasm in life. It has had positive impacts on my life as a husband, father, employee, and community member. My full-time job is an engineer, so you’ll notice a lot of references to numbers, math and spreadsheets. As I learn more in the fitness and physiology arena, I’ve altered my training plans to test new theories and practices...I need to test and prove ideas before I ‘buy’ into them...sorry...it’s an engineer-thing ;-). I’ve also compared notes with family, friends and running club partners, and continue to compile these lessons and motivational tips into this website to inspire and encourage others to succeed. I wish you the best of luck in attaining your fitness goals. I always welcome feedback and success stories, so please fill me in on your progress.

Mike Fohner - Delaware Marathon 2006

How I started this website

Many of you have asked about starting a website, so I wanted to be open and share my experiences. When I first started, I called this my hobby site. But with the affiliate and Google ads, this site has gradually become a source of income and a worthwhile business venture. If you have a topic that you enjoy or feel passionate about, or if you have an existing business that could use some global exposure...why not start your own website? Below are some tips and lessons-learned that I hope help you in your decision.

Before you jump right into it, ask yourself:
Is there a topic, hobby, or subject that you enjoy spending time on?

If you don’t have a topic in mind immediately, don’t worry. I used SBI’s brainstorming tools to refine my idea into something that was in-line with my passion, but also something that was in-line with what people are looking for answers on. These brainstorming tools are all part of SBI’s package and are an invaluable means to transform your hobby into a business venture.

The web’s top search engines process billions of questions every day from people just like you & I. And it’s very likely that YOU could answer many of these questions by sharing some of your own life experiences. For example, let’s say that your passion is flying model planes. You have a lot of knowledge and experience in the field. Writing about it would be a lot of fun for you. Your website could be attracting thousands of model enthusiasts around the world…so much so, that respected vendors would pay you to post their ads on your site and hobby shops would pay you for business referrals. Now your hobby has turned into a profitable business!…and one that you really enjoy spending time on. If you think about it, I’m sure there’s a topic that you enjoy and that people consider you a reliable source of information about (travel, child-raising, cooking, sports, coin collecting, etc..).

If the idea of starting your own website sounds appealing, than you should really look at the services that SBI! has to offer.There are no legitimate get-rich-quick schemes out there, but there are services to help you spend your time efficiently towards your venture. There have been many times when I have as little as a few hours per week to update my website, but these hours are spent on researching and writing content, not meddling with web technology. I’ve been able to focus 100% of my time and efforts on my topic because the service that I chose has made the technology-end effortless for me. You don’t have to master the web in order to become a webmaster. All you have to do to is focus your motivation and knowledge into telling other people about your topic. Don’t let the unknown intimidate you – it’s really not that hard to start and maintain a profitable website!

A website can be a really fun and worthwhile business venture if you do it the right way and with the right help. SBI! is a company that provides the full package…in fact, they give you a whole lot more services than you’d expect. Their site has free e-books, explanations of services, product menus and numerous success-stories from the family of SBI! website owners out there. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the service and support network within the SBI! family of webmasters. If you’re thinking about starting your own web business, feel free to ask me any questions or concerns that you might have. I’d be happy to share my experiences and lessons learned with you. Best of luck in your future business endeavors!

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